This fifth grade teacher's story points out her vision for using Class Dojo and those behaviors that will make her students successful such as active listening, taking risks and being persistent. Also important are her thoughts about introducing this tool to students - helping them understand both why and how it will be used. She has included some information that can help you get started using some of the features of Class Dojo effectively.
As the result of a NYTimes article, well respected educator Bill Ferriter shares his own use of Class Dojo. I think he does a good job of pointing out the use of positive instructional intentions when using Class Dojo. His thoughts on the "behaviors" that teachers can define for a class are spot on. A "behavior" can also include skills that students have mastered and could even be tied into the CCSS.
The best stories about digital tools come from our fellow educators. This article is good because it points out not only what worked well but also some of the problems experienced by a fourth grade teacher who gave Class Dojo a try. Even while explaining some problems, she's thinking about how she'll improve her practice with the tool.
Setting up your Class, students and behaviors is simply explained in this video. Reports wll show individual as well as class behaviors. Think about behaviors as more than the overt type of thing such as "on time" or "neat desk". Instead, consider setting up behaviors keyed to mastering concepts or skills defined in your curriculum.
When I read this article that points out a number of benefits of using Class Dojo, I noticed that it focuses on the positive aspects of using this tool in the classroom. Any tool can be used both effectively and poorly, but this article really defines the spirit of Class Dojo. The right menu has links to additional topics about its use.
Whenever I think about recommending a digital tool, I also think about the pedagogy and practice behind what we're trying to achieve. This article does a great job of both background knowledge and research regarding the effectiveness of classroom management programs. Class Dojo can do a nice job supporting effective classroom management that impacts all students.